Sep 27, 2012 2:30pm PDT
to local television, i think it has to be seen as mitt romney won this debate because there is not another event that is going to have that kind of viewership that is going to get that kind of attention. that does well in ohio, but it does not give you what you need to change the narrative. tavis: i do not see the president falling on his face, but who knows? what do you make of the fact the campaign would even come down to this. you look at the experience and the exposure this guy has had, and it really does come down to whether he can pull it out. what do you make of the fact that it has come down to this? >> you have 60% of the people saying the country is on the wrong track. the majority of people disapprove of how obama is handling the economy at a time when people are saying the economy as the most important issue. on paper, mitt romney should be winning this election, because of the environmental factors working against a rock obama. i think is a testament to campaign's end candidates that campaigns do matter. the type of campaign you put together common and they do matter. they are
Oct 2, 2012 2:30pm PDT
start with the news of this week. everybody knows in 48 hours, for the first time, mitt romney and mr. obama will come face to face in a debate. if you were jim wednesday night, where these issues are concerned, at the economy, how we avoid what has happened already, how we avoid falling into another recession, around those issues, what ought to be debated wednesday night? >> they should be challenged about whether we want a sustainable financial system. will both presidents appoint people to their economic team who will see the economic interest of the people probably? -- broadly? will they appoint regulators who will be independent of wall street? will they support them when they need to make decisions? will this president protect regulators when congress tries to beat up on them? did they recognize the crucial connection between our economic growth and prosperity? tavis: if you were going to appoint regulators and others not connected to wall street without looking for names, where would you look for those types of people? whenever you talk about financial issues, the people who in
Sep 25, 2012 2:30pm PDT
. tavis: we are heading into these presidential debates. one of these debates, it will be dealing with foreign policy, and we have already seen how mr. obama and mr. romney have responded. with libya and other parts of the world. what is your sense that they need to calibrate the situation going forward? >> it is a difficult thing for america, because i think it is very important to hold the line. it is important to say we have some fundamental freedoms in this country that we cherish and that we are not going to bat down from that. it is very important to say that while at the same time not slamming the door on conversations with people. i think president obama is much closer to getting it right. mr. romney has said a few dumb things. tavis: you lived to write this book and tell the story in your own voice. there are those around you that are not as fortunate. >> that is correct. tavis: how do you feel about the death that came to those around you? >> it was terrifying. two of my translators in italy and japan, and my japanese translator actually died. he was a college professor.